Edward J. Perkins

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"Ambassador Edward J. Perkins is a former American diplomat. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, South Africa, and the United Nations (1992-1993). He was later Director of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Corps.

"After serving in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, including stints in Tokyo and South Korea, he held numerous positions in the Department of State and Foreign Service. He was appointed Ambassador to Liberia in 1985, and in 1986 was appointed Ambassador to South Africa, where he would serve until 1989. He returned home to serve in the State Department until 1992, when he was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. Representative to the U.N. Security Council. In 1993 he was appointed Representative to the Commonwealth of Australia, where he served until 1996 before retiring at the rank of Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service.

"He taught at the University of Oklahoma where he served as Senior Vice Provost Emeritus of International Programs at the International Program Center, and Professor Emeritus of the School of International and Area Studies. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy."[1]


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  1. Trust Capital Holdings Leadership, organizational web page, accessed April 19, 2013.